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Goto, l'île d'amour (1969)

A simpleton thief on Goto, an isolated island ruled by a barbaric dictator, climbs ranks from criminal to fly-catcher, dog-keeper and boot polisher, while himself and other islanders get ... See full summary »

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Goto
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Jean-Pierre Andréani ...
Gono
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Gonasta
Fernand Bercher ...
L'instituteur / Professor
Michel Charrel ...
Grymp
Pierre Collet
Raoul Darblay ...
General Gwino
Rudy Lenoir ...
Le juge d'instruction
Maritin
Colette Régis ...
La directrice
Michel Thomass ...
Gra
Ari Arcadi ...
L'éxecuteur de chiens
Guy Bonnafoux ...
Gurto
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A simpleton thief on Goto, an isolated island ruled by a barbaric dictator, climbs ranks from criminal to fly-catcher, dog-keeper and boot polisher, while himself and other islanders get caught up in throes of temptation, which threatens to change the fate of the island forever. Written by curious_chaos

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29 January 1969 (France)  »

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A Ilha do Amor  »

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L'hymne national de Goto
Written by Walerian Borowczyk
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Very odd, even for Borowczyk!
24 August 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Walerian Borowczyk is rarely mentioned these days but back in the 1970s and 1980s he created quite a stir with arthouse/soft porn movies like 'Immoral Tales', 'Behind Convent Walls', 'Dr Jekyll and His Women', and especially his sensational 'The Beast', which is still quite unlike any movie you've ever seen, believe me! So I was very interested to be able to watch 'Goto', which I believe was his first full length feature. It doesn't have the sexual content you might expect (there is some very brief nudity, but that's it really), but it's still VERY odd, even for Borowczyk, and utterly fascinating. The story is set on the island of Goto, which after a natural disaster in the late 19th Century, has kept its society frozen in the past. Nothing much changes and everything is static and ritualized. This makes the plot reminiscent of Kafka and Mervyn Peake. Mentioning those two might give you SOME idea of what to expect, but it's a very difficult movie to categorize or describe. It's nowhere near as outrageous as some of Borowczyk's later and better known work, but if you treasure strange and unusual movies I highly recommend you track it down.


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